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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mr Hudson Vs. Frankmusik, And The Realities Of The 'Kanye West Factor'

First off, despite the title of this week's U.K. chart post, I can't honestly compare Mr Hudson and Frankmusik—two great British male artists who seemingly emerged out of nowhere this year, but who've actually been banging around the indie scene for several years now. I won't even go there.

But we can discuss something I've brought up here before, which I'm now dubbing the Kanye West Factor. And, popular music heavyweight though he is, you can really use Kanye generically here—sub him with T-Pain, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, etc. Of course, I'm referring to the great "featuring dilemma," something that, good or bad, has dominated the American music scene this past decade, moreso than ever.

Alright, so get to the point already, D'luv! This week sees Mr Hudson's Kanye-featuring single "Supernova" debut at #2 on the Brit singles chart, just behind the now two-week reign of X Factor boy band JLS' "Beat Again."

On the flip-side, Frankmusik's equally-as-super single "Confusion Girl" makes a ho-hum entry at #29, three positions lower than the peak of his previous one, "Better Off As Two."

In June, on the Pop Trash Addict weekly Pop Panel, I had this to say about "Confusion Girl": "Classic pop in every way. I'm not totally aboard the Vincent Frank bandwagon, but this has me thinking about taking a test ride." (P.S. The brand new Pop Panel is up on PTA!)

The obvious point being Frankmusik doesn't have the luxury of featuring anyone on his jam. But, OK, does that really matter? I'd kinda argue that, yes, it does, here. Like it or not, Kanye's got the knack for hitching his pompous wagon to rising stars these days.

The "Confusion Girl" vid:

Would Estelle's "American Boy" have done as amazingly well on both side's of the pond without him (or won a Grammy, for F's sake)? There's no denying that him lending a rap to Keri Hilson's current single "Knock You Down" helped it become her first "solo" Top 10 hit, as well, after several that failed to resonate.

He's now touring with Lady Gaga—herself a pop star you can argue benefited from being touted and signed by Akon—and, well, we've already covered the Mr. Hudson triumph this week.

I dunno. I guess I'm taking the long way around to say that I wish "Confusion Girl" would've done as well as "Supernova." Two great songs, but one with a decided advantage over the other.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Beat Again" - JLS *2 weeks*
2. "Supernova" - Mr Hudson feat. Kanye West *new*
3. "I Gotta Feeling" - The Black Eyed Peas
4. "Evacuate The Dancefloor" - Cascada
5. "Bulletproof" - La Roux
6. "When Love Takes Over" - David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland
7. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" - Pitbull
8. "Paparazzi" - Lady Gaga
9. "Sweet Dreams" - Beyonce *new*
10. "Poppiholla" - Chicane

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  • At 5:16 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    well i'm certainly pleased that Mr Hud did so well. i panicked on tuesday when it was reported he was at 25, but i think that was some sort of blip or probably erroneous reporting from Digital Spy. Lots of songs edging back up the charts now that MJ is sliding down. I notice Noisettes climbed with their lovely second song, and the Saturdays continue to hover with Work. Hurrah, etc.

  • At 6:20 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    Love Vincent Frank's music, but you are being kind calling that charting "ho hum" - it's crap. Maybe he needs to release Vacant Heart. And stop fucking people he produces.

  • At 9:56 PM, Blogger Mike said…

    I get what you're saying love but the thing is that old trick only works once (or for your entire career if you're Diddy). Just look what happened to Estelle after "American Boy". I'm guessing Mr Hudson's next single will flop worse than Kakko, while Frankmusik at least knows where he stands and can be proud of his achievement - after all it's still a top 30 HIT!

  • At 6:06 AM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    "Flop worse than Kakko" is going to be my new phrase du jour.

  • At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    "Confusion Girl" is a GREAT track!! Something is seriously wrong with the promotion campaign for FrankMusik. Nothing else can explain the fact that this track has NOT made it into the UK top 10 yet. "Better off as two" was far from earthshattering but "Confusion Girl" has the word "hit" written all over it - assuming it is actually promoted.

  • At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Fenny said…

    There's nothing wrong with being at 29 in the chart. Personally I think the best is yet to come from Vincent and this is a great start...and probably a fair start too - I reckon the public have reacted as they should - whilst Confusion Girl is a good track we all know he can do much better. Nice one Mr Hudson though!


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